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Jun 9, 2015
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Organizations typically begin with a structure built around a relative handful of
individuals with specific and separate responsibilities, and grow outward from there.
In the early days, processes flow freely as
the principals seek each other out to complete tasks or resolve issues. But as the workload
increases, staff and technology are added to handle it. Such interactions become less frequent
and more forced and the groups become increasingly less collaborative. Over time, they become
independent silos unto themselves, and even end up investing in their own computing processes
to optimize their efficiency.
Inside the silos,
nothing about this seems illogical in thinking that "No one else does what we do, so why
shouldn't we do our own thing?" But organizationally, it results in the proliferation of
disconnected processes and infrastructure supports, and the propagation of a standalone
culture that makes it nearly impossible to achieve efficacy and economy on an enterprise
Traditional techniques would have you spend time and money to programmatically integrate
the various systems so they can talk to one another. Unfortunately, many (especially legacy)
applications aren't built to accommodate this or require some seriously heavy lifting to crack
them open. However, every system includes some degree of metadata support and BPM can use
the metadata to move processes forward.
tools are getting more attention as enterprise architects ponder strategies for bringing greater
agility to the enterprise. These tools allow business managers more direct control and
communication around enterprise applications. To have informed discussions, enterprise
architects and C-level executives should get clarity on the different nuances of business process
management (BPM), business process as a service (BPaaS) and intelligent BPM (iBPM).
It means you can start breaking your silos down (probably) without having to invest in any new
technology.To do this, though, you have to turn your BPM on.
It's a great way to maximize the total value of the software you already have in place --
and your compliance people, perhaps
first among others, will love you for it.
Cloud versus in-house BPM :
Enterprises need to consider the tradeoffs between cloud and in-house BPM regarding
relative data protection and exit flexibility offered by the two models.
A cloud-based service allows for relatively easier
deployment and upgrades. These might be a good choice when the enterprise is already
leveraging software-as-a-service applications for customer relationship management, enterprise
resource planning or human resources.
To conclude : Business process management -- an old approach aimed at making an
organizations workflow more effective -- has been refashioned with the addition of cloud
services and analytics. Intelligent BPM, as its known, is still firmly in the hype cycle,
according to Gartner. Thats not to say that organizations arent interested. In fact, iBPM is
poised for widespread adoption.